It is ‘get in the kitchen’ time… Today I want to share my most favorite recipe of the moment: very yummy – I can taste the love – pretty healthy, seed bars. These are grain-free, gluten-free, paleo and all that, but most of all I love them because they taste so good.
I eat one of these on many mornings when I know I need to grab some breakfast, but don’t have the time or the stomach for a full meal. One of these with a latte will go down so easily and yet it gives me energy for hours.
I’ll grab one for my mid-morning snack with a cup of tea, when I know that I am not going to make it to lunch.
They are a favorite indulgence when that mid-afternoon craving for chocolate hits me.
And I must say they go well with my evening cup of tea too.
Now I would not recommend that you eat four of them in one day, then the healthy bit might fly out of the window. But I cannot deny that there have been days……
I am trying to seriously cut back on eating grains. I simply can feel that my body fairs better when I do not eat the wheat stuff. When I was looking for alternatives things to eat I found recipes for seed and nut bars. And then I tinkered and tested until I came up with a variation of my own that never fails me. I have to bake at least one batch of these a week, as I go through them so quickly.
There is also no processed sugar in these, nor any other ingredients that start with in E. That makes them healthy in my book.
The sweetness in these comes from apple butter, or stroop as we like to call it.
Stroop is a regional product from around here that is making its way around the world. It is made from cooking apples (and nothing else) until they are a dark, gooey mess that is sweet but also a bit tart. We eat it on bread, and I used to devour it on dark rye bread with cheese. Speaking of cheese, it is amazing as a side on a cheese dish. And it usually goes into our beef stews too. Oh and we spread it over pancakes. But it also does well as a sweetener in baking too, as I am finding out.
Go hunt down the good kind, that does not have any added sugars in it. It is so good.
I vary up the ingredients depending on what I have on hand but the variation I show today has become my favorite. It contains at least four different seeds, that give it a nice crunch.
But I never want to go too healthy in my recipes, so the star ingredients are this:
90% pure dark chocolate (lots of anti-oxidants) and dried apricots (for some extra chewy goodness).
And it is an easy and quick recipe. So let’s get on with the construction details shall we.
Seed Bar Recipe
|Dry Ingredients:||Wet Ingredients:|
|1 cup seed flour||1/4 cup oil|
|1/2 cup pumpkin seeds||1/4 cup apple butter|
|1/2 cup coconut flakes||3 tbs maple syrup|
|3 tbs mini seeds||1 tbs vanilla extract|
|3 tbs sunflower seeds||1 ts cinnamon|
|3 tbs tapioca flower|
|1/2 ts baking powder|
|1/2 ts sea salt|
|1 cup of extra dark chocolate chips|
|1 cup of dried apricots cut into pieces|
mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix wet ingredients in a bowl.
Combine until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed and there are no dry ingredients anymore (it will be a rather loose crumby mess now). Stir in the chocolate chips and the apricot pieces. Mix well.
Put in a greased baking dish and with the back of a wet spoon pat it well until flat and there are no air pockets anymore. Spinkle some coconut flakes on top.
Bake in oven at 325F (170C) for 25 minutes.
Variations and notes:
I grind my own sunflower flour in my mom’s old coffee grinder, I find it cheap and easy. But you could also use other seeds or even almond flour.
For the mini seeds I usually use any or all of these: chia seeds,ground flax seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds.
Depending on the sugar content of your apple butter, I would possible leave the maple syrup out. Since my apple butter is the original dark no-sugar kind I sweeten things up with a bit of syrup.
As a variation on the apricot, you could use raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries etc. I have tried them all, and they are good, but I just love the apricot/chocolate combo.
This is a crumbly bar. To make sure it doesn’t crumble too bad make sure that you press it in the baking dish real good and that it is utterly cooled before cutting it.